Howard County health briefs

May 14, 2010

Focus group

Howard County General Hospital's Center for Breast Care is looking for women who are living with metastatic breast cancer to participate in a focus group to help determine the services and resources needed by this population. Women interested in participating should contact Tina Evans, 410-884-4650 or

The center guides women dealing with cancer through diagnostic and treatment options and includes personal support and counseling.

Blood donations

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Eligible donors can call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.


WomenFest, a free wellness event sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging and Howard County General Hospital, will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16 at the Glenwood Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville. The program will focus on lectures, health, fashion and beauty. Additonal information call 410-313-6410.

Youth art contest Laurel Regional Hospital and the Laurel Art Guild will host a youth art contest open to children ages 5-18. This year's theme is "Family Fun." One entry is allowed per contestant. Only the first 100 entries will be judged. Entry applications are available at the hospital's public relations office or visitor information desk. All entries must be hand-delivered to the hospital's public relations office, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel, by May 28. The first-place winner in each age category wins $100. Information: 301-497-7914.

Graduate school open house at Tai Sophia will be held 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 19. Meet with admission counselors and participate in panel discussions with faculty, students and alumni. Tour the institute's healing arts library and wellness clinic. All events will be held at the Laurel campus, 7750 Montpelier Road. RSVP to the office of graduate admissions 410-888-9048 ext. 6647 or e-mail school is now enrolling for the following programs: master's programs in acupuncture, science in herbal medicine, arts in transformative leadership and social change. Graduate certificate programs include health coaching, herbal studies, medical herbalism, transformative leadership and wellness coaching. The institute is a nonprofit, accredited educational institution for wellness-based studies. The institute is at 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel.

New strategies for physician relations The Maryland Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development will sponsor a symposium 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 19 at the Maryland Hospital Association, 6820 Deerpath Road, Elkridge. Cost is $25 for members and $45 nonmembers. To register: 410-339-7816 or Information:

Heart and sole stroll sponsored by the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center will be held June 13 at Centennial Lake, in Columbia to support breast cancer patients in Maryland. For additional information visit or call the center at 410-740-5858.

Taking care of baby learn massage techniques from a certified infant massage instructor 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 5. Cost is $20. Zaneb Beams, M.D. will discuss finding a pediatrician before you deliver 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 9. Both events will be held in the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center at the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. To register call 410-740-7601 or register on line at

Support groups

Teens Together Support and networking group for teens who have or have had a friend or family member diagnosed with cancer will hold a meeting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the third Sunday of each month in the new medical pavilion at 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. The group is sponsored by The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital and the Ulman Fund for Young Adults. Creators of this group are Kelly Schwab, a junior at Long Reach High School; Cara Koontz, a junior at Marriotts Ridge High School; and Debra Marciniak, a senior at Mount Hebron. They are Girl Scout Gold Award candidates. Mary Catherine Cochran, director of the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center (410-720-8520), and Kelly Lance, service and events coordinator, Ulman Cancer Funds for Young Adults (410-964-0202), are project advisers.

Support/intervention programs Offered at Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel:

•Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Sundays

• Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Sundays and Fridays

•Bipolar, 6 p.m. Thursdays

• Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays

•Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays

•Parkinson's, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Information: 301-776-3426

•Rehabilitation Sharing — strokes and long-term illness, 6 p.m., the second Thursday of the month. Information: Physical Medicine, 301-497-7901 or 410-792-2270. All programs are free. Information: 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Cancer support group for caregivers meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. Mary M. Dowling will lead the discussion. Registration: 410-964-9100, ext. 5. Walk-ins are welcome.

Widows and widowers group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Jilly's, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, Ellicott City. Information: 410-740-5858.

Widows and widowers group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Jilly's, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, Ellicott City. Information: 410-740-5858.

Parkinson's education and support group will meet at 7 p.m. the third Monday of every month 8180 Lark Brown Road, Elkridge. Information: 410-955-8795.

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